Video: The Reef Wreck, Made By Loui From The Hope Town Lodge

After one sip, you’ll be cleaning the pink sand from your hair.

Do you remember that special cocktail you had while on your last vacation? You were sitting on the beach, feet covered in sand, condensation dripping from the glass, each sip tasting better than the last. The situation is pure bliss. You tell your mind to remember every aspect of that moment so you can hold on to it forever.

Reality has returned and find yourself dreaming of your time on island. As much as you want to feel the sun on your skin and the sand under your feet, that reality bully is a tough nut to crack. I have a secret though.

Trick one of your senses into believing that you are back on that beach, rum drink in hand. Head to the kitchen and mix up that tropical cocktail, close your eyes and take a sip. The feeling you get transports you back to to that beach, back to that bliss. Even if that feeling only lasts a second, it’s worth it.

Today’s Boat Drink recipe is called the Reef Wreck and comes to us from the Reef Bar at the Hope Town Lodge on Elbow Cay in Abaco Bahamas. Check out this drink video that my friend Loui and I made at the Reef Bar. This drink instantly takes be me back to the beaches of Hope Town.

The Reef Wreck, From the Reef Bar at the Hope Town Lodge

So that’s the Reef Wreck, a simple yet delicious rum drink from the Reef Bar in Hope Town, Bahamas.

Reef Wreck Recipe


  • 2oz. Gold Rum
  • .5oz Apricot Brandy
  • 4oz Orange Juice

Mixing Instructions: Combine all ingredients into mixing glass. Shake and pour into glass. Garnish with cherry. Raise glass and toast.

I would like to give a big thanks to Loui, the professional and knowledgeable bartender from the Reef Bar at the Hope Town Lodge. We did have to do two takes while recording this video. One, I forgot to turn the microphone on and two, Loui got a little nervous and busted out laughing in the middle of the first take. Good times! Loui became a natural behind the camera on the second take and hopefully we will be able to shoot many more drink videos together in the future.


Let me know if you mix yourself a Reef Wreck and what you thought of it. I’ve mixed up this boat drink twice since I’ve been back home. Each time my lips feel its sweet taste I’m instantly transported back to Hope Town, sitting at the Reef Bar feeling the ocean breeze blow across my face. That’s the power of having a vacation in a glass.


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By |2016-12-31T11:58:38-04:00March 6th, 2013|Abaco, Boat Drinks, The Bahamas|3 Comments

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  1. IslandNana March 6, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Ooh! This sounds good! Need to hit the Wine and Spirit shop.

    Ryan, I’m going off topic for a minute.
    Don’t know if you’re a reader or not,but I’d like to recommend an author by the name of Anthony Bjorklund. His first book is called “I’m Gonna Live My Life Like A Jimmy Buffett Song”. It’s hilarious with lots of quirky characters. There are 4 in the series and every time I read one I think “Ryan would love these stories!” I get them on my Kindle and they’re really cheap. Look into it if you get the chance and if you read one, let me know what you think.

    We return you now to your regularly scheduled program. (Are you even old enough to remember this saying!)

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    RumShopRyan March 6, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    I might remember that saying I’m not sure. Long time ago! I’ve heard about the books but I haven’t read them yet. Now because of your glowing review I’m going to add it to my reading list! Thanks for the tip and let’s all live our lives like a Jimmy Buffett song! Cheers.

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